J. J. Abrams Addresses Taking Over ‘Star Wars’ After Rian Johnson

Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director JJ Abrams explains how Rian Johnson’s creative decisions didn’t affect how he’s closing out the franchise.

Talking to Empire, JJ Abrams explained that, while Rian Johnson may have made some story decisions that didn’t match up with some ideas that he would have had if he had directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the overall trajectory that he wanted the trilogy to go on has remained the same. Rian Johnson’s journey, in other words, did not derail what JJ Abrams has in mind for the final film.

JJ Abrams noted that the process reminded him a lot of handing off a series that he started development on to showrunners and then letting them go from there. He also notes that, in coming back, he will honor the choices that came before while revealing more to the picture, providing pay-offs to questions provided in his first movie:

“I never found myself trying to repair anything. If I had done [Star Wars: The Last Jedi], I would have done things differently, just as [Rian Johnson] would have done things differently if he had done [Star Wars: The Force Awakens]. But having worked on television series, I was accustomed to creating stories and characters that then were run by other people. If you’re willing to walk away from the thing that you created and you believe it’s in trustworthy hands, you have to accept that some of the decisions being made are not gonna be the same that you would make. And if you come back into it, you have to honor what’s been done.”

JJ Abrams has spoken highly of The Last Jedi, with one report indicating that he wanted to direct the script itself if he was able to. JJ Abrams returned to direct the final story in the Star Wars “Skywalker Saga” of films after Colin Trevorrow and Lucasfilm had creative differences over the project, and Rian Johnson kept his new successor up to speed about the overall creative trajectory of the story. Following the completion of the Star Wars film, JJ Abrams is set to work with WarnerMedia as part of a massive “megadeal”, while Rian Johnson will work on his Star Wars projects some time after the release of Knives Out.

Directed by JJ Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in theaters on December 20, 2019.

Source: Empire

DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters

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Doom PatrolAlong with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.

In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.

You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".

Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.

Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.

Here is the synopsis for the show:

“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”

Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.

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